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Born May 22, 1926, to John and Eliza Carruth, Russell William Carruth came into this world with purpose. He met life’s challenges with an undaunted faith in God, love of family and participation in sports.
He was born and raised in Ogden across from Liberty Park. He loved baseball and grew up playing with “the guys” at the park. Although he played for the Ogden Reds and was offered a contract to play for the Boston Braves his life took a different path. He continued to play baseball, football, picked up skiing and golf. Racquetball became a favorite later and he won National Championships with Norm Skanchy. He was able to play racquetball until he was 90 at which time he enjoyed coaching all sports from his armchair at home. Music was another important love of Russ’s. His tenor voice was heard in many choirs as well as smaller groups.
Russ’s career was as an educator. Graduating from the University of Utah, Masters Degree at Utah State University, and then a Doctorate of Education from Harvard, he returned to Ogden. He worked for the Ogden City Schools most of his career, finishing at the state level in SLC.
Russ was gratefully and faithfully a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many positions, his favorite being Gospel Doctrine teacher. As a young man he served his country in the Air Force then an LDS mission in Canada. Later in life he served a temple mission in Chicago with Lois (second wife).
Family was of the utmost importance to Russ. He adored his parents and siblings. He adored Bernice Child, who became his companion through life and for eternity. He remained close to his brothers and sisters, providing a warm and loving extended family atmosphere as he and Bernice raised their four children. He lost Bernice after their family was raised and gone. He later met and married Lois Edwards. He lost Lois 13 years ago. Russ considered himself the luckiest man on the earth – very grateful for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After a life well lived, Russell died May 2, 2019 in his home surrounded by his children. He is deeply loved and will be dearly missed.
Russell is survived by his children, Russell L. (Laura) Carruth, Rebecca Carruth, Karen (Roy) Bunnell, Steven C. Carruth; one brother, David (Marge) Carruth; one sister-in-law, Mary (Frank) Carruth; 14 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; step-children Dianne (Peter) Christensen, David Edwards; seven step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Marci, Cory, Shanna and Lindsay of Independence Hospice for the tender love and special treatment of our precious Dad.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.
Viewings will be Sunday, May 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, May 13 from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.